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Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson TV show, produced in Japan in 2003 and televised and released on DVD only there.
The show is an action-adventure, similar to Terrahawks/Thunderbirds/UFO.
Involved in the making of Firestorm, were some of the producers of Gundam SEED and Final Fantasy.
Most hardware and vehicles in the show are rendered in CGI and traditional cell animation is used to illustrate characters and locations.
The show follows the adventures of the newest of the Storm Force organisation's 9 divisions.
Storm Force is a multi-national government-sanctioned paramilitary organisation, like SHADO in UFO.
Its main occupation is fighting Black Orchid, which, at first, is thought to be a high-tech terrorist organisation.
Each of the 9 teams has its own Ocean Storm carrier/megasub. This partly resembles UFO's Skydiver and Captain Scarlet's Cloudbase.
Each Ocean Storm has a Tornado transport aircraft that attaches to the top of the sub.
The Tornado is a Thunderbird 2/Battlehawk cross-over that features stealth mode, supercruise and an invisibility cloak.
Armaments include two forward-firing beam cannons and cruise missiles that fire from several launch tubes on either side of the aircraft.
The Tornado carries two really unique-looking Thunderbolt fighters that are launched from the Tornado's mid-section while the Tornado is in flight.
The Thunderbolts have a launch theme similar to the the Red Alert theme from UFO.
They are armed with numerous guided missiles and at least 4 machine guns and can be equipped with extra armour and booster components which can be jettisoned in-flight.
The Tornado also carries a fast infantry fighting vehicle that resembles a Captain Scarlet SPV/MSV.
Rounding off the list are the Sea Sharks; which are smaller attack subs that launch from Ocean Storm and double as hydrofoils.
The picture quality of the DVD box set is a bit muddy with 26x 20-minute episodes packed onto 3 DVDs. The CGI visuals of the ships are impressive but the traditional animation doesn't always gel with the CGI.
The show is also available as 13 individual DVD volumes. The picture on these DVDs is much is clearer but finding all of them is a work in progress.
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